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Carl H. Sederholm

Professor, Interdisciplinary Humanities
Department of Comparative Arts and Letters

JFSB 3032


Office Hours
MW 3:00-3:50 or by Appointment


I was born and raised in Long Beach, California. I graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, a school known for famous alumni Snoop Dogg and Cameron Diaz. I later went on to receive my BA in English from UCLA. I received my Ph. D. in English (American Studies) from the University of Utah in 2002 and began working in BYU’s department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature that same year. I’m not much of a football fan, so crosstown rivalries like the one between the U and the Y don’t make much impact on me. I am an avid reader and am always looking for new books to read. I especially enjoy horror novels and police procedurals. I am a big fan of hard rock and heavy metal. I attend rock shows in Salt Lake City frequently and can often be seen at shows with my camera, taking pictures of the performances. I have been married for over 15 years; my wife, Cyndi, and I have a teen-aged son named Nathanael.  


Ph. D. University of Utah–English with an emphasis in American Studies. My dissertation is entitled “Dormant Talismans: Reconceiving America’s Spiritual and Occult Notions of Identity.” It examined folk religious practices / magical practices and how they influenced writers like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Lydia Maria Child, and others. B. A. UCLA–English (My honors thesis was entitled “‘How Cold an Arcadia Was This!’: Failed Utopianism in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance.”)


American Horror Literature and Film, Adaptation Theory, Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, Heavy Metal Music and Literary Adaptation, Hobbies: Playing the Guitar and the Banjo, Listening to Heavy Metal Music, Reading Detective Novels, Watching Movies

Research Interests

Edgar Allan Poe
H. P. Lovecraft
Stephen King
Shirley Jackson
Adaptation Theory
American horror stories and films
Lydia Maria Child
American Religious History
American Culture

Teaching Interests

American Humanities (Literature, Art, Architecture, Music, History)
Adaptation Theory
Ralph Waldo Emerson and Lydia Maria Child
American Women Writers
American horror fiction and film

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 American Studies Professor of the Year, BYU American Studies Program (2020 - 2020)
  • President's Award, Popular Culture Association (2018 - 2018)
  • Ray and Pat Browne Award, Popular Culture Association (2017 - 2017)
  • Alcuin Fellow, Brigham Young University General Education (2013 - 2016)
  • Women's Research Initiative Grant, BYU's Women's Research Initiative. (2011 - 2011)
  • 2006 American Studies Professor of the Year, BYU American Studies Program (2006 - 2006)

Administrative Assignments

  • Comparative Arts and Letters : Department Chair (2015 - 2021)


  • Popular Culture Association (2012 - Present)
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers (2008 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Editor, Associate Editor, The Journal of American Culture (2018 - Present)

Courses Taught


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